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Old 05-08-06, 04:08 PM
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help! im being killed by popups!

this is insane...i always used to get them but today all of a sudden im getting 20 at a time...to the point where i can barely type this message.

whats going on?! how do i fix it?!

i already ran adaware and spy bot...

HELP!!!
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Old 05-08-06, 04:21 PM
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What browser are you using, what O/S are you using?
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Old 05-08-06, 04:24 PM
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windows XP...and firefox.

but all the popups are in IE windows (which im not using at all)...and some are in windows that ive never seen before.
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Old 05-08-06, 04:27 PM
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Turn on Windows XP firewall and see if it stop the popups.
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how?
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Old 05-08-06, 04:32 PM
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can i just get rid of IE permanently?
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Old 05-08-06, 04:33 PM
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Go to Control Panel, click on Windows Firewall.
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Old 05-08-06, 04:34 PM
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i dont see it. where on the control panel?
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Old 05-08-06, 04:35 PM
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Go to "Start" menu, then to "Control Panel", and then to "Windows Firewall".
I use XP and Firefox, and get no popups at all............
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Old 05-08-06, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by atari2600
can i just get rid of IE permanently?
Yes, you can. In Control Panel - Add or Remove program and click on Add/Remove Windows components button on left side. It might will take a while to check your computer programs and be sure you have Windows XP CD ready.
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why dont i see it? i go to start menu>settings>control panel...then i dont see any firewall stuff at all.
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Old 05-08-06, 04:46 PM
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Do you see "Security Center"?
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Old 05-08-06, 04:51 PM
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no. am i in the wrong place?
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Old 05-08-06, 04:57 PM
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after i go to start>settings>control panel i get a window that has the following choices:

appeareance and themes
network and internet connections
add or remove programs
sound speech and audio devices
performance and maintenance
printeres and other hardware
user accounts
date time language and regional options
accessibility options
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Old 05-08-06, 05:04 PM
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Sounds like you don't have XP Service Pack 2, which is probably contributing to your popup infestation. SP2 added the Windows Firewall & Security Center as well as other security features.
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Yeah, matome is right...

Do you have any firewall from McAfee, Norton, or any sort of?
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Old 05-08-06, 05:21 PM
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not that i know of.

this is all probably due to spy ware, right? im not visiting websites to make these popups appear - they just come out of "nowhere".
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Old 05-08-06, 05:29 PM
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Yep, spyware and malware. Do you have a hardware firewall between your cable\DSL modem or is your computer connected directly from the modem? Some modems may have firewalls built-in but not many that I've seen. If not these things will walk right into your computer regardless if you're browsing or not and you're pretty much naked on the net without some sort of firewall and SP2. At this point spyware should be the least of your worries as your computer can be taken over.
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well shit...

how do i fix this? what should i do? how do i get a firewall and more protection?

i have my computer connected to a router (so we can get wireless connection to a laptop).

whats SP2?
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and what bothers me the most is this basically happened over night. it was NEVER this bad...happened all of a sudden and i cant figure out why.
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Old 05-08-06, 05:54 PM
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SP2 is XP Service Pack 2

Well, the router is a hardware firewall (unless that function is disabled in the config, which I doubt), so you should be safe in that regard.

Do you do Windows Update regularly? There are many security holes that had to be patched by MS, and it's worse if you only have Service Pack 1 or none at all. You should definitely update to Service Pack 2.

Your issue is probably one of the more nefarious spyware/malware bugs like Winfixer that was impossible to remove via the stand alone spyware scanners. They have to be removed manually using tools like HijackThis, since they tend to use randomly-named DLL's to embed themselves into the OS and hide from scanners.
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I will suggest you go to Microsoft download section and download the SP2 (called Service Pack 2). It's free download.
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Jesus, yes, you're in dire need of Windows updates.

Start Internet Explorer, then under Tools, find the Windows Update item. That will take you to Microsoft's Web site, which will scan your computer to find out what updates you need.

Generally, you need to use IE for updates, but I think you might be able to use Firefox if you download SP2 as a stand-alone program. To do so, go here.

It's a 266 MB download.

Once you've installed SP2, use Internet Explorer as I described above to check for additional updates that may have come out since the SP2 download was compiled.

Once that's all done, turn on the firewall, and turn on Automatic Updates. Microsoft releases patches once a month. I set my Automatic Updates so that I can choose which updates to install and which ones to ignore, but however you choose to set the program, you need to do a better job of keeping your computer updated.

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Old 05-08-06, 10:38 PM
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You also might want to make sure you have Windows Messenger Service disabled (this is not the same thing as MSN Messenger). A lot of spammers exploit Messenger Service in exactly the manner you're describing.

To disable it:

Windows XP Professional
Click Start-> Settings -> Control Panel
Click Administrative Tools
Click Services
Double-click Services
Scroll down and highlight Messenger
Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties
Click the STOP button
Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar
Click OK

Windows XP Home
Click Start-> Settings -> Control Panel
Click Performance and Maintenance
Click Administrative Tools
Double-click Services
Scroll down and highlight Messenger
Right-click the highlighted line and choose Properties
Click the STOP button
Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar
Click OK
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Originally Posted by matome
SP2 is XP Service Pack 2

Well, the router is a hardware firewall (unless that function is disabled in the config, which I doubt), so you should be safe in that regard.

Do you do Windows Update regularly? There are many security holes that had to be patched by MS, and it's worse if you only have Service Pack 1 or none at all. You should definitely update to Service Pack 2.

Your issue is probably one of the more nefarious spyware/malware bugs like Winfixer that was impossible to remove via the stand alone spyware scanners. They have to be removed manually using tools like HijackThis, since they tend to use randomly-named DLL's to embed themselves into the OS and hide from scanners.
should i download hijackthis?
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